Holy cow!! Maybe I should say, holy turkey and chicken... These meatballs are amazing!! To be perfectly honest, I am NOT a meatball, meatloaf, meatroll, meatstick, anything "meat" named...fan. Frankly, the idea of a blob of meat kind of grosses me out. These meatballs however are stuffed with delicious sauteed and highly nutritious veggies. You and your blood sugar are going to love them.
Something very unique about these meatballs is that they are gluten and dairy free. No flour, no bread crumbs, no cheese. My recipes hardly ever (if ever) contain dairy or gluten. I have found that when I limit dairy and gluten, that I have a bit of an easier time managing my weight and controlling my diabetes. Everybody is different though. If you are a die-hard cheese or bread lover, you are more than welcome to make your own version of these veggie loaded meatballs.
If you know me, you know I am obsessed with adding superfoods and hidden veggies in every recipe. I guess, this is a healthy addiction?? But seriously, I can't stop myself. I get so much glee when I bring a entree to a family party and they all love it, and have no idea just how super nutritiously dense it is. These meatballs are the epitome of veggie loaded turkey meatballs. After trial and error, I have found the perfect veggies to add a great flavor and that really make the breakfast chicken sausage taste pop. You're going to want to save this recipe.
Also, know that you can count on all my recipes being diabetic-friendly. Because guess what?? I'm diabetic, and I happen to like to eat what I spent time cooking and creating. Call me crazy.
The 3 game changer ingredients to these meatballs are...
1. Sauteed Mushrooms
2. Breakfast Chicken Sausage
3. Toasted Walnuts
Trust me. Your taste buds are going to love me for this recipe.
Enough talking, let's get to the meatball recipe.
Superfood Chicken & Veggie Meatballs
Yield: 44 meatballs
Serving: 11 servings, 4 meatballs per serving
Prep Time: 20 min
Cook Time: 25 min
Total Time: 45 min
16 oz ground turkey (10/90 lean)
16 oz ground chicken sausage
1 cup raw walnuts
3 celery sticks
1 tbsp minced garlic
2 cups white button mushrooms
1/2 red onion
1/2 green pepper
½ cup almond flour
3 egg whites
2 tsps garlic salt
1 tbsp brown mustard
2 cups fresh or raw spinach
1. Set oven to 350 degrees, and toast walnuts as you prepare the meatballs. Keep an eye on them, they should toast until they are a light golden brown.
2. Finely chop celery, mushrooms, and green pepper then throw into a pan to sautee.
3. Grab a large mixing bowl, add turkey, chicken sausage, egg whites, brown mustard, garlic salt.
4. Next remove the walnuts from the oven, let cool for a min, then pulse in blender (see picture below).
5. Chop spinach, add to meat mixture.
6. Add almond flour, pulsed walnuts, garlic salt, sauteed mixture to the meat mixture.
7. Mix meat & veggie mixture.
8. Scoop meatball mixture with #30 scoop, a jumbo cookie scooper, or just scoop 2 tbsps and mold into a ball.
9. Pop onto ungreased baking sheet. Put in oven and set for 20 min or until edges of meatballs are light brown.
10. Once baked, allow meatballs to cool for 2 min, then serve with a side of refreshing cold celery sticks (chop if desired).
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As always, if you are having trouble with your diabetes and/or weight loss,email me, so we can figure out a customized game plan based entirely on you. I'm 100% here for you and understand all your frustrations because I am a T1D and a Registered Dietitian.
When we talk, I will look in detail at what, when, and the amount you are eating, along with what you are doing for exercise (or not doing, we'll be honest with each other). Together we will analyze your blood sugar (use your Dexcom Clarity reports if you have a Dexcom) and together we will decipher why you are getting your frustrating highs and lows. After a single session, you will have answers and a much better clarity of why your blood sugars react they way they do to your food, exercise, and lifestyle.
After talking, we will stay in touch, and you will have direct access to me for any questions. I deeply care about each and everyone of my clients.
If you just have a general question, send me an email and I will get back to you ASAP.
Your friend & Dietitian,
Ariel Warren, RD, CD, T1D
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